Tips On Choosing Skirting Board Design & Size

Tips On Choosing Skirting Board Design & Size

With so many types, styles, sizes and materials of skirting board it can feel overwhelming when it comes to picking the right one. So, what should you consider when choosing your new skirting boards?

The Budget

The type of skirting board you might be able to get does depend heavily on your budget. For example, hardwood skirting boards are a lot more expensive than MDF skirting boards. Hardwood skirting Is also a lot harder to fit so you may have to take into consideration getting a costly professional in to fit them for you. Whereas MDF skirting boards are much easier to fit so you may be able to do this yourself. Skirting World have a great selection of MDF skirting boards to choose from at affordable prices. 

The Size Of The Room

The size of the room you plan to put your new skirting boards in is another important aspect to consider. If you have a large room with high ceilings you should opt for taller skirting boards to fit the style of the space. On the other hand, if you have a small room with low ceilings, you should opt for smaller skirting boards. Tall skirting boards in a smaller space will visually shorten your room, making it seems smaller than it really is. Opt for skirting that’s approximately 1/18 of the height of your room.

The Design

Another aspect to consider is the style of your skirting boards. Do they match the style and look of your home? For example, if you live in a home that’s very Georgian in look and style, fitting very modern skirting boards is just going to look odd and make them feel very out of place. On the flip side, if you have a very new, modern-looking home, Georgian-style skirting boards may also look very out of place.

The Material

The material of your skirting boards could also be a factor in what you end up choosing.MDF skirting boards are much less likely to warp in warm or cold weather, or if they get a bit wet. They are also the best material to use if you’re on a tight budget. The downside to MDF skirting boards is that you can’t leave them unfinished. You won’t get the wood effect from MDF so they will have to be painted. So, if you’re wanting the wood effect, you might want to opt for a hard or softwood instead. Hardwood skirting boards are ideal if you plan to leave them unpainted, however, they are more likely to warp due to them being made of real wood. They are also the most expensive type of material when it comes to skirting boards. 

The Finish

As we briefly mention above, what you plan to do with your skirting boards will determine the kind you can go forIf you want them to be painted, perhaps to match your doors…etc, you can go for MDF, hard or softwood skirting. However, if you want the natural wood finish, it will have to be either the hard or softwood you choose for your skirting boards. Do you want your skirting boards to match with your doors, the architrave or any coving your room might have? Although a small, generally un-noticed feature in a room, don’t leave your skirting board choice to the last minute. Make sure it fits with the style, look and feel you have in mind for the space. 

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